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Burger King just couldn't appeal to Israeli diners, so its 52 locations there will be converted into a local chain
So much for Whoppers in the West Bank.
Burger King (BKC) is closing the doors of locations in Israel this summer after a failed attempt to bring Western tastes to the Middle East. A local competitor, Burger Ranch, will take over the 52 locations in the nation.
You hear a lot about fast-food success stories on a global scale -- with Taco Bell recently making a splash with its potato and paneer burrito in India. But how about the failures? The reality is that Burger King’s failed Israel growth plan is just the most recent gaffe among big American restaurant giants.
The chief executive of Verizon confirms that he's working with Google on a tablet computer.
Google (GOOG) and Verizon (VZ) have become best buds who apparently really want to knock Apple (AAPL) from its perch.
The two are already on the way there, working to kick the iPhone from the No. 2 spot in the U.S. smart-phone market. Now, Google's Android phones are in that position, behind the BlackBerry family, while the iPhone has been pushed back to No. 3.
Now that the iPhone assault is under way, Google and Verizon are turning to another target: Apple's iPad.
Netflix shares gain 8% amid rumors that Amazon is interested in buying the company.
By Jeanine Poggi, TheStreet
Speculation that Netflix might be a takeover target came up most recently in January. Netflix added 1.7 million subscribers during the first quarter, the biggest gain in its 11-year history.
Regulators knew they didn't have a full picture of stock trading at US exchanges before the market's dramatic swoon on May 6.
By Michael Baron, TheStreet
As regulators reveal more about their probe into the May 6 market mayhem, it’s becoming increasingly clear how ill-equipped they are to do their jobs.
Tuesday's testimony of officials from the regulatory agencies and exchanges is rife with details about unusual stock levels, outsized trading volumes and unprecedented percentage swings. Yet despite all the data presented, no definitive answers emerged.
While investigators continue to examine the roles of individual firms, the potential for erroneous trades, questionable market access standards and the differing rules governing various exchanges, the only conclusion that can be drawn so far is that regulators can't keep up with today's fast-paced digital markets.
The company is making a huge push with its Seattle's Best brand, including peddling java via vending machines
When you think of a cup of joe for average Joes, chances are that mug doesn’t have a Starbucks (SBUX) logo on it. In fact, it’s a common complaint among consumers that the store’s coffee tastes “burnt” on top of be taking a big bite out of their wallet.
Well company executives are looking to change that, making a big push to roll out a milder and less expensive brand in fast food restaurants, food service and even vending machines in the coming months.
I’ll say that again in case you missed it: Starbucks is getting into the vending machine business.
Short positions in Citigroup rose to 482 million shares in April's second half from 416 million in the previous two weeks.
By Dan Freed, TheStreet
Citigroup short interest rose to 482 million shares from 416 million during the previous two-week period. Citigroup is perennially the most actively shorted ticker on the New York Stock Exchange. That's not surprising since the bank is nearly always the most actively traded name on the long side as well.
Citigroup short interest had risen for several successive reporting periods spanning at least four months until that string was broken in the second half of March. Citigroup short interest had continued to fall since that time.
Congressional debate about financial reform and drilling rules is causing stocks to waver and creating buying opportunities.
Congress is killing us. Mark Twain was right: "No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while Congress is in session." (Thanks to my colleague, Matt Horween, for remembering that quote.)
Every swoon I saw yesterday seemed to start in Congress, or revolved around rumors in Congress of action against drillers, against oil companies, against banks. These are big parts of the S&P 500 Index ($INX) and they reversed several times today off of Congressional musings.
One of the reasons I am so adamant that the financials are a buy is that they struggle mightily when Congress is in session, but once we get reform, even it if isn't perfect, I believe these stocks will roar off of what is a well-defined base.
The king of retail will sell games, hardware and even used DVDs at 5 test locations.
Wal-Mart (WMT) is looking to jump back into the used PlayStation, Wii and Xbox business.
Specifically, Wal-Mart has entered into a lease agreement with a small retailer called Game Trade to test used-video-game sales, buybacks and trade-ins in five stores.
This isn’t the retail king’s first foray into the used video-game business -- but there are a few reasons to think this venture may succeed where others failed.
The company is facing threats on all sides, from Mother Nature to deep-pocketed rivals.
Shares have fallen from $78 in February to current levels of about $58. On Tuesday, the stock was down another 3%. Barron's suggests investors think about selling their shares.
Monsanto is getting hit from everywhere, it seems. After decades of unparalleled success with its Roundup weed-killer, nature is striking back with a vengeance.
Value investors can find a lot of diamonds in the rough if they crunch the right numbers
If you’re a value investor, the low P/E ratios on Wall Street are the stuff of fantasies right now. That means now is the time to go bargain hunting if you have some extra cash.
To be clear, we're not talking about Europe stocks to buy after the Greece debt debacle. The jury is still out on whether the euro zone has stopped the bleeding across the pond. And we're not talking about fuzzy math using trailing profits or revenues to juice the numbers. We all know that year-over-year comparisons for the first quarter earnings made everyone look good.
These bargain companies are the real deal. Let me give three examples in blue chips across three very different sectors:
One study says Americans are paying the lowest taxes since Harry Truman was president.
We hear lots of talk about high taxes, but the truth is that Americans are paying their lowest level of taxes since 1950, USA Today reports.
About 9.2% of Americans' personal income went to federal, state and local taxes in 2009, the newspaper reports. Historically, we've paid about 12%.
Why are taxes so low? Several reasons. First, there were the tax cuts that were part of the $862 billion stimulus package last year, USA Today reports. A third of that stimulus went straight to tax cuts.
Gold is approaching the end of its rally, and emerging-market stocks are looking better.
Gold is near its all-time high of $1,227.50 an ounce, set on Dec. 3, 2009, and you don't have to look far to find the reasons -- the European debt crisis and inflation fears in China come to mind.
I do think gold could run higher from here, though. The debt crisis isn't over, considering that the credit-rating companies that haven't rated Greek government bonds as junk are threatening to do so. And I think we'll see at least one more spasm of fear from China.
Five things we still don't know about the Dow's 1,000 point plunge.
By Heidi N. Moore, The Big Money
On Tuesday, the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing to find out what exactly happened on Thursday, May 6, to send the Dow Jones Industrial Average diving 1,000 points in a matter of minutes.
This is perhaps the first time that a congressional hearing will actually be useful in financial fact-finding. The truth of what happened is buried among records of billions of Thursday trades. The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq, unable to publicly explain the cause, chose a “kill them all and let God sort them out” approach, cancelling thousands of trades.
Gold prices were nearing all-time highs amid concerns about plans to protect the euro from the European debt crisis.
By Alix Steel, TheStreet
Gold prices hit a five-month high, reaching $1,225.20, as investors questioned whether Europe's financial aid plan will be enough to save the euro.
Gold for June delivery was rising $21, or 1.6%, to $1,221.90 an ounce at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The US dollar index was also rising 0.1 to $84.25, while the euro was little changed at $1.27 against the dollar. The spot gold price today was up $16.50, according to Kitco's gold index.
Gold prices could top their record of $1,227 an ounce as investors remain wary of the recently announced bailout initiative for eurozone countries.
Cisco offers investors growth and stability, an ideal investment amid worries over the global economy.
By David MacDougall, TheStreet
The US stock market is ricocheting, jumping 4.4% yesterday after declining 6.4% last week. With a bailout of southern Europe's sovereign debt, a fragile American economy and an overheating China, expect more of the same.
Business spending is a smaller part of the American economy than consumer spending is, but it's highly variable, making it more influential. Because of that, stocks such as Cisco are a bellwether for their industry and the economy as a whole. What's good for Cisco is good for America. We'll see how good that is tomorrow, when the world's biggest maker of computer-networking equipment reports earnings for the three months through May 1, giving investors a glimpse of the beginning of most companies' second-quarter results.
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